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The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World
by Eric Weiner

Published: 2008-01-03
Hardcover : 329 pages
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Part foreign affairs discourse, part humor, and part twisted self-help guide, The Geography of Bliss takes the reader from America to Iceland to India in search of happiness, or, in the crabby author's case, moments of "un-unhappiness." The book uses a beguiling mixture of travel, psychology, ...
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(Part foreign affairs discourse, part humor, and part twisted self-help guide, The Geography of Bliss takes the reader from America to Iceland to India in search of happiness, or, in the crabby author's case, moments of "un-unhappiness." The book uses a beguiling mixture of travel, psychology, science and humor to investigate not what happiness is, but where it is. Are people in Switzerland happier because it is the most democratic country in the world? Do citizens of Qatar, awash in petrodollars, find joy in all that cash?Is the King of Bhutan a visionary for his initiative to calculate Gross National Happiness? Why is Asheville, North Carolina so damn happy? With engaging wit and surprising insights, Eric Weiner answers those questions and many others, offering travelers of all moods some interesting new ideas for sunnier destinations and dispositions.

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What fact or trait suprised you from each country?
Which country would you like to visit / not visit? Why?
by mclight (see profile) 07/10/12

What was your favorite country, why?
If you had to pick a country to live in, which would it be?
by ABarclay (see profile) 03/21/11

My book club got into a discussion about how interesting some of the places seemed and talked about which countries we would want to go visit.
by critzyj (see profile) 09/29/10

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by jillkuykendall (see profile) 07/17/20

 
  "geography of bliss"by Carolynr (see profile) 04/14/16

would give it 2.5 stars. Thought the idea behind the title of this book was great so was curious. The author travels to some of the world's most contented and uncontested places - what can we learn from... (read more)

 
by pattiokun (see profile) 03/23/16

 
  "Geogrphy of Bliss"by mclight (see profile) 07/10/12

Visiting 9 of the "happiest" countries, Eric Weiner shares humorous as well as insightful observations. Some observations could be life-changing.

 
  "The Geography of Bliss"by ABarclay (see profile) 03/21/11

This book was voted as our first book to read and I will admit that I was slightly disapointed as it is not something I would typically read. But I was pleasently surprised. I ended up really enjoying... (read more)

 
  "FUN"by georgeannschmidt (see profile) 01/12/11

 
  "oops"by mpaniaguatej (see profile) 11/04/10

 
  "Geography of Bliss"by critzyj (see profile) 09/29/10

This book starts out a little slow, but is quite funny and informative about life in several different countries. It made me really think about this concept of "happiness" and brought me to the understanding... (read more)

 
  "Funny, unpretentious, thought-provoking. A very good read!"by carolynakelly (see profile) 03/30/10

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